Two acts regulate the manufacturing, import and sale of alcoholic beverages in Thailand. It concerns the Liquor Act of 1950 and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Act of 2008.
The first defines the term spirit or liquor as any material or mixture that contains alcohol and is consumable or becomes consumable after mixing with water or other liquids.
They are subdivided into two groups:
Undistilled spirits or mixtures of fermented spirits with distilled spirits with alcohol volume less than 15 degrees
Distilled spirits or mixtures of distilled spirits with fermented spirits with alcohol volume more than 15 degrees (e.g. whiskey, brandy, rum, vodka, gin, etc.)
The Excise Department is not only responsible to collect the excise tax on alcohol; they are also the regulatory agency for alcohol production and distribution (in accordance with the Liquor Act B.E. 2493). The licensing system of the Excise Department obliges the licensee to sell the above-mentioned alcoholic beverages in line with Thai regulation.
Import of alcohol
First of all, before importing alcohol that was not manufactured in Thailand, it is necessary to receive the approval from the officer of the Excise Department and complete the form “SOR2/74”.
The other documents required for the license depend on whether the applicant wishes to trade or not:
Import for trade
1. Copy of liquor selling license Type 1 (see below)
2. Copy of Invoice and Performa invoice
3. Letter of label approval (Except wine)
4. Sample of label only wine
5. Copy of household registration of business place or lease contract
6. Copy of the ID card (if it concerns a physical person) or a certificate of registration in case of a juristic person
7. Power of attorney
Import for non-trade
1. Copy of the (Performa) invoice
2. Copy of the ID card (if it concerns a physical person) or a certificate of registration in case of a juristic person
3. Power of attorney